How Do Amputation Injury Claims Work?
03 July 2019
If you have had an arm, leg or finger amputated as a result of an accident that was caused by the actions or negligence of someone else, you may be entitled to claim compensation. The purpose of monetary compensation is to restore you into the same position you were in prior to your accident, but a claim can also aid your rehabilitation and recovery as well as minimise the impact that the amputation has on your life. This article explains exactly how Amputation Injury Claims work.
Who Is Entitled to Make an Amputation Compensation Claim?
If someone suffers an injury that results in the amputation of an arm, leg or finger, this is classed as a serious or catastrophic injury. Other life-changing injuries, such as brain injuries, traumatic injuries and spinal injuries, also fall into this category.
If the injury has been caused because of something that someone else has done (or failed to do) then the injured person could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
An accident resulting in a limb or finger amputation could happen almost anywhere. The most common causes of amputation injury are:
Amputation Injury Claims Explained
We understand that it can be difficult to know where to start in an Amputation Injury Claim. As well as claiming financial compensation for your injury, you also need assurance that you will be properly looked after and receive the appropriate specialist medical treatment during your recovery.
Regardless of how you sustained your injury, the first step that you'll need to take in your claim is to contact a Serious Injury Solicitor who specialises in Amputation Injury Claims. If you contact Co-op Legal Services, our Solicitors can carry out a free assessment of your claim and talk you through exactly what to expect during the claims process.
We will ask you for as much information as possible about how, when and where the accident occurred, the extent of your injuries and the treatment you've received so far. Try to have all of this information to hand when we carry out your assessment.
We can then arrange for specialist medical assessments to be carried out and we will arrange appropriate treatment to aid with your recovery and rehabilitation. During the claims process we will liaise with the other side on your behalf (or their insurers / legal representatives). If they deny liability for the amputation then your Solicitor can begin litigation.
Your Solicitor will collate all of the necessary evidence to support your claim and will calculate a fair amount of compensation for your injuries. This calculation will take into account a number of factors, including:
- your ongoing care requirements
- how the injury has impacted on your quality of life
- any loss of earnings or other losses you have sustained as a result of the injury
- adaptations or modifications that need to be made to your home or workplace
Your Solicitor will then negotiate with the other side on your behalf to achieve a fair compensation settlement. While the claims process is ongoing, it may also be possible to secure interim payments. These can help to cover any loss of earnings and out of pocket expenses before the claim is settled.
We can deal with most Amputation Injury Claims on a no win no fee basis. This means that there's no financial risk to you if your claim is unsuccessful.